Our first Supplier Spotlight is Nicky Chadwick Photography, a wonderful photographer based in Yorkshire. Nicky photographs weddings in Leeds, Harrogate, York , Wakefield and can travel further afield.
Here are her answers to our questions, together with a few select images. It was hard to choose the images to go on this post, although there are plenty more to browse through on her website!
1. Introduce yourself and your company!
Hi, I’m Nicky and I own and run Nicky Chadwick Photography. I have been photographing weddings for around 12 years and love it!
2. What made you start your company?
I have always loved photography and studied it in Southampton and Coventry about 15 years ago. I never really though of it as a career until I went to my brothers wedding about 13 years ago in Portugal. I wasn’t the official photographer but too lots of images, following their day as it happened. Afterwards I presented them with a book of all their images which they loved. From there people got to see the work I’d done and asked me to photograph their weddings and the business was born!
3. Can you give us a typical â€˜day in the life ofâ€™ â€“ weâ€™d love to know what you do day by day, even the what-might-seem-like-boring bits!
I can honestly say that I never seem to have a typical day. Everyone’s wedding is so different! I generally take photographs for weddings at the weekend (although this is not always the case). Mondays are normally spent uploading all the files, making password protected galleries for the bride and groom to view and adding them to my blog. The rest of the week is then usually catching up with paperwork, designing albums, emails, pre-wedding shoots and consultation meetings. Occasionally I work with other wedding suppliers to shoot their latest products or we get together on fashion shoots to showcase peoples latest collections which is great fun.
4. What do you enjoy most or what is your favourite part of your job?
The best part of my job is definitely when people see their images for the first time – I love seeing their faces when they see what we have managed to capture – and if there are tears of joy then I know it’s “job done”!
5. How do you come up with your designs?
I don’t really have any designs as such although all the albums I do for my couples are completely bespoke. Every wedding is so different so all their albums are individual too. They are inspired by the images the couples choose.
6. How do you manage to mix your busy schedule with home and family life? Some secrets to your success please!
Juggling the business and my home life is probably the most difficult thing to do. I always try and give the business my full attention whilst the family are at work and school, and once they come home focus my attention to their needs – however, it doesn’t always work like that! It’s not always possible but I think as long as you put everything in perspective at the end of the day you should be ok.
7. Do you manage to ever switch off the phone or laptop, or always sneakily checking emails and calls 24/7?
I try, but with the iPhone it’s too easy to check your emails whilst on the go isn’t it? I do try to keep my day’s off as no phone days though.
8. What top tip would you give couples that are getting married?
To do things their way and not be too influenced by everyone else. I see too many brides who are stressed out by their wedding day just because they have been told they needed to do this and that and they haven’t done it.
9. If youâ€™re already married, what one thing do you wish youâ€™d done differently?
I actually get married myself in February 2011 and we have said that we are doing it our way and no-one is telling us any different. We are keeping it simple, small and very us!
10. What has been your most unusual request and did you manage to fulfil it?
I can’t really think of anything that unusual!
11. How long do you usually take from start to finish with a couple? Please explain the process that you run through with clients so our readers can schedule it all inâ€¦
From the initial enquiry I like to spend an hour or so with the couple getting to know about their plans and talking through how I may be able to help. If the couple decide to book me I will then send out all the confirmation letters and terms and conditions forms. About 2 months before the wedding I arrange the pre-wedding shoot with the couple. There is no extra charge for this and it is meant as a fun session, relaxed clothes and environment so that I can get to know more about the couple and more importantly they can get used to being photographed. The session is usually between 1-2 hours and can take place anywhere the couple choose, however, very often it takes place at the wedding venue so we can do a reccy whilst we are there.
12. When do you recommend placing an order, please tell us how much notice do you need and how far should couples order in advance of the wedding?
For me the couple can book as far in advance as they wish, but I do only take one booking a day so once the date is gone, it’s gone. On average people book 6-12 months in advance but I do have couples who call with only a few weeks to go – and if I’m free that day and the right photographer for them then of course I’ll be happy to shoot their day.
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